Whether you’ve had one dental implant or got a full new set with “All in Four,” caring for your new teeth will be a part of your everyday routine. Fortunately, dental implants are durable, long-lasting, and can be maintained similarly to natural teeth. In the first weeks after surgery, you’ll have to make some lifestyle changes while your implants heal, but after that, brushing and flossing your teeth every day will help keep your implants in top shape.
We’ve got some tips here to make recovering from dental implant surgery easier, and to help ensure your implants last for many years to come.
1. Eat Soft Foods After Surgery
- Soft foods give your implants the best possible chance to heal. Because the titanium will fuse together with your jawbone, you’ll want to avoid putting extra pressure on them before they are fully sturdy.
- If you’ve had implants on one side of your mouth only, chew with the other side of your mouth. If you’ve had All on Four implants, you will have to be extra cautious, and stay on a liquid, no-chew diet for 4 weeks, and then an extremely soft diet for 3 months.
- Cut food into small pieces and cook vegetables until they are soft enough to be mashed with a fork. Blend fruits to make juice, eat soup, and use a puree machine to make food easier to swallow.
2. Avoid heavy exercise
Contact sports or rigorous physical activity should also be avoided for a few weeks after surgery while your teeth heal. The last thing you’d want is an injury that interferes with the implant-jawbone bonding process.
Wait at least two days before engaging in physically intense activities. After a few days, start out slow with low-impact exercise and gradually work your way up to more rigorous activity, if desired. If you experience throbbing or bleeding, discontinue exercise, because that’s your body telling you you’re doing too much!
3. Try out new cleaning tools
Dental implants can be cared for simply by following a regular oral health routine, including brushing, flossing and rinsing. However, you can try out some additional tools to ensure gum and implant health.
For example, an oral irrigator, also known as a “water pick” or “water flosser,” uses jets of water to clean your implants. An interdental brush, also called a “proxabrush”, can help you clean hard-to-reach areas in between your teeth.
For more details on what you can add to your oral health toolbox, check out this resource.
With initial caution and long-term care, you’ll be able to ensure your dental implants will be good to go for years down the road. Check out more information and tips on dental implant recovery and maintenance here. If you’re interested in learning more about dental implants, contact us today!